India on Wednesday reiterated its support for Europe and the international community against terrorism and lambasted Pakistan for its “clear collusion” in promoting a level of radicalism and unrest.
Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla, who is in London for the final stop of his three-country European tour which included France and Germany, praised UK Home Secretary Priti Patel for her foresight in taking preventive precautions and raising the UK’s terrorism alert level to “severe” following the attacks in France and Austria, as radicalism and terrorism know no “borders and limits”.
“We are fully with Europe in this time of crisis. We believe that the international community must work together to resolve the problems of radicalism and terrorism. Much of it comes from our own region,” Shringla said.
“We also don’t think these are isolated wolf attacks. There are organizations, groups and even countries that support this effort. We have seen the statement from Imran Khan (PM Pak), in which he says we have to teach the West. the nations on how to deal with its minorities. It’s rich coming from a theological state that has systematically eliminated its minorities over time, “he said. he says.
“So this is something that has a clear collusion between countries like Pakistan, even Turkey, promoting a level of radicalism, cynically manipulating public perception and perspectives to create a sense of insecurity and delivering fundamentally to the scoundrels that could be at the expense of countries like ours – democratic, secular, heterogeneous societies that fully respect minority interests. And the countries that genuinely persecute their minorities are the ones that are now trying to us say what to do, “he added.
In an exchange with representatives of Indian and British media organizations, Mr Shringla was also asked about the overall situation in his neighborhood, including the elections in Gilgit-Baltistan later this month and the situation in Afghanistan.
He expressed India’s deep concern over the systematic assassination by the Afghan Taliban of moderate figures and leaders, backed by “certain intelligence agencies” and condemned Pakistan’s “cynical use” of the country to its own ends.
He said: “There are now unmanaged areas in Afghanistan that have the presence, not only of Al Qaeda and Daesh, but also of Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba – these are groups that operate normally. in India, but they are obviously being pushed into Afghanistan to say that they do not exist in Pakistan. “
“This is about Pakistan’s cynical use of Afghanistan for what they call strategic depth. We don’t think it’s in anyone’s best interest to lose the gains of the past 19 years; gains in terms of the Afghan constitution, the Afghan national security and defense forces, the rights of women and minorities, all of which we have all lost blood for, ”he said.
“We have invested over $ 3 billion to stabilize Afghanistan and bring peace and development and at this point we see everything deteriorate. Afghanistan is a matter of great concern,” he added. .
He dismissed the Gilgit-Baltistan elections as Pakistan’s attempt to “whitewash,” an initiative India registered an official protest against.
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